THE TREASURES OF KOREA

  
visit asia - tours to asiaA 13 day coach tour ( small size groups) in search of Korean treasures. Fully escorted, 4/5* hotels, Unesco Heritage sites, English speaking local guides, Temple stay.

£2,095 per person. Code KLS

SEOUL - Mt SONGNISAN - DAEGU - GEONGJU - BUSAN - GAYASAN - ANDONG - CHUNGJU - Mt SEORAK - EAST COAST DMZ
Two departures each month. Please ring us on 020 86173358 for departure dates. Best time to go : Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov.

Price includes: Hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, coach transfers, English speaking local guides, admission fees.

Price excludes: International flights*, insurance, main meals, drinks, personal expenses, optional entertainment and any service not specified. Single room supplement is £1,095 per person.

Possibility of upgrading to Lotte hotel in Seoul, Hilton hotel in Gyeongju, Commodore hotel in Busan at £395 per person sharing a double/twin room.

* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.

DAY 01 Departure from London Heathrow

DAY 02 SEOUL (-/-/-)
Arrive at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day is free for your own leisure time or rest. Overnight at local 4star Summit Dongdaemun hotel. If you have an extension in Seoul before the tour starting day, the airport transfer is not provided. Please take an airport limousine bus to Summit Hotel from bus stop 12B or 6A. Please look for bus with sign #6001 (Incheon International Airport – Toyoko Inn Hotel )”. Purchase the bus tickets at the limousine bus counter inside the airport or at the ticket booths outside. The bus is available every 20-25 minutes from 06:20 am until 23:00 depart from Inchehon Airport.

DAY 03 SEOUL (B/-/-)
After breakfast, start half-day Seoul tour including National Museum of Korea. This new museum built in 2005 is boasting its fantastic collection of Korean arts and relics. The next visit is to Changdeok Palace & Huwon (Secret Garden), UNESCO designated World Heritage. Proceed to the N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird’s eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul. The last visit at Gwangjang Market. Return to hotel . Overnight at local 4star Summit hotel.

visit asia - tours to asiaDAY 04 SEOUL / KOREAN FOLK VILLAGE / Mt. SONGNISAN NATIONAL PARK / DAEGU (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out and pick-up from hotel. Transfer to Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul, where the old traditional style houses and life style of 18th-19th century are being practiced by people living in the village. Proceed to Songnisan National Park to visit Beopjusa Temple where the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea has. The forest park is ideal place for walking. Afterward, drive to Daegu via expressway. Overnight at local 5star Daegu Grand Hotel.

DAY 05 DAEGU / GYEONGJU (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD and the city is known as the “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites within this city. Upon arrival in Gyeongju, half day Gyeongju tour including Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park with its Royal tombs. You will have the chance to enter one of the excavated tombs to see the construction and process behind the Royal Kings burial chambers. Last visit is at Bulguksa Temple although rebuilt following destruction by the Japanese during their occupancy. The Temple has been completely restored to its former glory. Overnight at local 5 star Commodore Hotel.

DAY 06 GYEONGJU (B/-/-)
After breakfast, start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting Seokguram Grotto, established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Toham. The grotto contains a monumental statue of a sitting Buddha looking out to sea and it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. 4 faces Buddha, Gwaeneung Royal Tomb and Scenic drive tour to Guryongpo Port. Drive along the sea for beautiful coastal scenery. Return to Gyeongju. Overnight at Commodore Hotel.

visit asia - tours to asia DAY 07 GYEONGJU / BUSAN (B/-/-)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Unmoonsa Temple (Buddhist Nun's temple). Proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea. Upon arrival, start half-day Busan tour to Busan Tower on Mt Yongdusan with its observation deck offering stunning views of the city and beyond, Jagalchi Fishery Market where roadside vendors sell various fishes and Nampodong Street. Overnight at local 4 star Busan Tower hill Hotel in downtown

DAY 08 BUSAN / HAEINSA TEMPLE / ANDONG / CHUNGJU (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park via expressway. In Mt Gayasan National Park, visit Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage designated this Tripitaka Koreana. Proceed to Andong, 2 hours away from Haeinsa. Andong is the best-preserved village with its traditional style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II visited Hahoe Village and was welcomed with Birthday Party Table decorated in Korean traditional way. Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its own mask dance. After a visit to Hahoe Village, proceed to Chungju Lake. Overnight at local 4 star Benikea Cheong Pung Hotel

visit asia - tours to asia DAY 09 CHUNGJU / TEMPLE STAY (B/-/-)
After  breakfast,  take a ride on Sightseeing Boat for lakeside  scenery. (In Winter  season, boat tour is subject to weather condition. When the lake is frozen, boat tour will be cancelled.)   Proceed to Woljeongsa Temple or Samhwasa temple to experience unique temple stay Upon arrival at the temple, change your clothes to temple uniform prepared by the temple. Orientation for various things to know for staying at the   temple   regarding  regulations   and   schedules. Attend  evening  ceremony  of Bell‐Beating, Chanting  Mass  and Meditation course. During one night, you will not have phone and TV in your private Korean traditional style room. Shower room and toilet are being shared in common use. No alcohol is allowed at temple. The Korean Styled shared room will be arranged as male or female room. Overnight at the temple.  (As option, overnight at the outside of the temple also available)

DAY 10 GANGNEUNG / Mt SEORAK NATIONAL PARK / DMZ (B/-/-)
Wake up at 3 am for Morning Worship (for volunteers only).    After breakfast, leave the temple and transferto  DMZ unification Observatory at demarcation line at East Coast for a very close view of North Korea and Repository of nature in ecosystem DMZ museum. Return to Mt. Seorak Naitonal park for Cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress and visit Sinheungsa Temple Proceed to Pine City  Gangneung . Visit Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts itself with incredible collection of 19thy Century gramophones and 1st generation audio systems. Overnight at Seorak Kensingtonstar Hotel

visit asia - tours to asia DAY 11 Mt SEORAK NATIONAL PARK / SEOUL (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Gapyeong to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park, which displays unique Korean wild flowers and trees in a garden located in the mountain valley. (In Jan, Feb, March, April, Nov, Dec, a visit to Yangpyeong Filming Studio with all the movie sets instead of the flower park ). Coach transfer to Seoul. After check-in, time at leisure in Seoul for independent activities or shopping at Dongdaemun shopping District. Overnight at local 4 star Summit Hotel in Seoul.

DAY 12 SEOUL (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. End of Tour. End of Tour. No transfer is provided. Join the Airport Limousine which departs every 10-15 minutes outside your hotel (bus fare approximately £10 per person).

DAY 13 Arrive home